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The Clerk's Tale

(2022)
(The third book in the Geoffrey Chaucer series)
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In this humorous medieval mystery, Geoffrey Chaucer discovers a very un-poetic side to Oxford while tracking down a killer.

The Clerk’s Tale is the latest instalment in M.J. Trow’s popular Geoffrey Chaucer series. As historically accurate and utterly human as its companion books, this story takes the reader on a no-holds-barred tour of medieval Oxford, as Chaucer immerses himself in the rivalries and obsessions of college life.

Initially sent to investigate the death of a young student, Chaucer soon finds himself embroiled in matters of philosophy, religion, logic and death. Although he is entertainingly waylaid by tempting women, frightened cats, and even hallucinogens, as more men die Chaucer feels growing pressure to track down the killer and end the carnage.

But in the city of dreaming spires and poignard-sharp minds, is he out of his depth?

While it is the latest in a series,
The Clerk’s Tale is a hugely entertaining and fascinating book in its own right. Ideal for anyone who enjoys a top-quality murder-mystery, its historical accuracy also makes it perfect for history fans.

Praise for the Geoffrey Chaucer series:



‘Trow brings medieval England fully to life through well-chosen period detail, but the novel's main strength is its portrait of Chaucer. Readers will hope to see a lot more of him in his role as sleuth.’
- Publishers Weekly Starred Review

‘A series kickoff that augurs well for more juicy Chaucer escapades.’
- Kirkus Reviews

‘Trow creates in his hero/sleuth a larger-than-life character, spicing the stew with acerbic wit, suspense, and a gripping plot.’
- Booklist

M.J. Trow is a history teacher, biographer and crime novelist. His non-fiction books include Who Killed Kit Marlowe?, Vlad the Impaler, Boudicca, Cnut and Spartacus, while his fiction includes the Mad Max, Inspector Lestrade and Geoffrey Chaucer series. He lives on the Isle of Wight.

Genre: Historical Mystery

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